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FactCheck: Harry Reid's 'bear facts'

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has said at least twice that climate change is causing bears in the Sierra Nevada mountains to change their hibernation patterns. There is no evidence that climate change is actually having such an effect.... Read more»

Appeals court tosses Arpaio challenge to Obama immigration moves

A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a lawsuit brought by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who argued that President Obama's executive actions on immigration were unconstitutional. A judge wrote that Arpaio's claims "rest on speculation beyond that permitted."... Read more»

FactCheck

Bush, Clinton play blame game in Iraq

Who’s responsible for withdrawing all U.S. combat troops from Iraq at the end of 2011? Jeb Bush says President Obama is to blame, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign says President George W. Bush signed the agreement that set the withdrawal date.... Read more»

Transgender soldiers watch closely as Pentagon reviews ban on service

Last month when Defense Secretary Ash Carter declared the military’s regulations regarding transgender service members are “outdated,” and he ordered a Pentagon review of the policy.... Read more»1

Az officials hopeful, watchful as toxic release moves toward Colorado River

Arizona officials said Tuesday they continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic mining sludge that is heading downstream toward the Colorado River, but are hopeful that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state. ... Read more»

DACA applications, renewals still growing after three years

The number of people applying for deferred deportation protection, and the number reapplying, have both risen as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program nears its third anniversary, new data shows.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump's amnesia on insulting women

Donald Trump denied that he had ever called female adversaries some of the words Fox News host Megyn Kelly listed at the first GOP debate — “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” In fact, he has used all of those terms.... Read more»

Far from home

Sexual violence plagues young women attempting to flee Central America

A brutal pattern of sexual violence affects thousands of girls and young women who flee from Central America to enter the United States, reveals a review of legal documents and interviews with defense lawyers in political asylum cases along with Los Angeles religious and social service workers.... Read more»

Mexicans aren’t about to pay for Trump’s wall

The billionaire Republican frontrunner has no way of forcing Mexico to foot the bill for increased border security — and zero political capital south of the Rio Grande.... Read more»

Could Scott Walker's legal victory expand PAC superpowers?

Proponents of tighter reins on political money worry that a Wisconsin ruling about the governor's recall campaign could carry seeds of another 'Citizens United.'... Read more»

SF shooting, federal policy put pressure on 'sanctuary cities'

Two things happened July 1 to pressure hundreds of cities and counties to rethink their policies limiting cooperation with federal deportation requests. One was the shooting death of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle, allegedly killed on a San Francisco pier by a Mexican immigrant with seven felony convictions. The second was the rollout of a new federal policy asking local police to only detain immigrants for deportation if they are convicted of serious crimes. ... Read more»

Feds: Releasing families will lead to more illegal migration

The immediate release of immigrant families from detention facilities could cause another massive wave of illegal migration like the one Texas witnessed last summer, the Obama administration argued in a court filing late Thursday. ... Read more»

When a dollar is worth $4.4 billion: McCain tries again on dollar coin

U.S. Sen. John McCain calls his proposal to replace paper dollars with dollar coins “common sense” and “logical,” noting that it would save $4.4 billion on the cost of producing currency over 30 years. For more than two decades now, the rest of Congress hasn’t seen the logic.... Read more»1

FactChecking the GOP debate, late edition

The candidates made misleading claims on banking, jobs, education and more.... Read more»

Hold your horses: Planned Tonto Forest roundup delayed to September

The U.S. Forest Service said Thursday it has put a planned roundup of up to 100 horses in the Tonto National Forest on hold until September, when Congress returns from recess.... Read more»

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